It will be an interesting weekend for events around Fort Worth, with the end of the Stock Show, a world premiere opera, new local theater, a surging country group, the beginning of one major art exhibit and the ending of another, a classical music gala, and the start of a new football league, among other things.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, February 6
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
After three weeks, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo will come to an end this weekend. You have a few more days to take in rodeos, as well as shows with pigeons, chickens, goats, and more; livestock auctions; a midway with carnival games and fair food; and multiple concerts. Musical acts over the next few days will include Poo Live Crew, Jacob Furr, Grant Gilbert, and Rich O'Toole. Events take place in and around Dickies Arena.
Friday, February 7
Magnolia at the Modern: Les Misérables
This is not a remake of Victor Hugo's novel or the musical based on that novel. Instead this Les Misérables is about members of a Parisian anti-crime squad who become overwhelmed by simmering neighborhood tension and violence. The film, which is in French with English subtitles, is competing for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars on Sunday. It will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
TCU Opera Studio presents Yeltsin in Texas!
Texas Christian University's Opera Studio will present the world premiere of Yeltsin in Texas!, a modern comedic opera inspired by then-Soviet leader Boris Yeltsin’s 1989 visit to the U.S. The one-act opera is a rollicking farce of Yeltsin’s grocery store shopping trip that combines a number of eclectic musical and pop culture references to the 1980s with laugh-out-loud moments. There will be three performances through Sunday at Ed Landreth Hall and Auditorium on the TCU campus.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Hans & Sophie
A printing press, spray paint, and quick wit were all siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl needed to build an underground resistance movement in Nazi Germany. Drawing on inspiration from letters, diaries, and coded correspondences in the book At The Heart of the White Rose, Hans & Sophie is an intimate two-character portrait of resistance and conviction in the darkest of times. The production will run at Amphibian Stage Productions through March 1.
Whiskey Myers in concert
Country rock group Whiskey Myers has come a long way from their start in the small city of Palestine, Texas. They released their debut album in 2008, and each of their subsequent albums made it further up the Billboard Country charts, culminating in a No. 1 spot for their latest self-titled album. They'll celebrate by playing two shows — one Friday and one Saturday — at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, February 8
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion"
Artist Mark Dion retraces the footsteps of several 19th-century explorers in Texas, collecting materials to form a site-specific exhibition. One of the most well-regarded living artists today, Dion is part explorer and part historian; part naturalist and part collector of curiosities. His large-scale installations evoke the past in their materials and ethos, but they address today’s culture head-on with intellect and humor. "The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion" will be on display through May 17.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Regal Passions"
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will present "Regal Passions," featuring violinist Gary Levinson, violist Toby Appel, cellist Bion Tsang, and pianist Orion Weiss. Selections for the concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, include Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op 97: "Archduke,” Turina’s Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67, and Dvořák’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 87.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Immortal Beloved at 250: A Very Special Gala with Midori and Beethoven 5
In his final gala concert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya celebrates the musical legacy of Beethoven 250 years after his birth. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Symphony, a work so iconic it has become engrained in pop culture, and violinist Midori will perform Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto. The concert will be at Bass Performance Hall.
Sunday, February 9
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Robyn O'Neil: "We, The Masses" closing day
After four months, Robyn O'Neil: "We, The Masses" will come to a close at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition is a 20-year survey of the work of O'Neil that explores the artist's fruitful career from 2000 to the present, and includes major multi-paneled drawings, signature works of graphite on paper, collages, and the 2011 animated film We, The Masses.
Dallas Renegades Inaugural XFL Season
Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time for ... more football? The Dallas Renegades will be one of eight teams to compete in the inaugural season of the rebooted XFL. The team will play a total of 10 games during the regular season, with five coming at home at the reconfigured Globe Life Park in Arlington. The first of those games is on Sunday versus the St. Louis BattleHawks.
Laugh Your Mass Off presents Kristen Becker
Onstage and off, performer, producer, and activist Kristen Becker’s role is that of instigator. She isn’t afraid of figuring things out on the fly, nor does she shy from developing projects for equally capable hands. Becker’s stand-up topics range from sex to humanitarianism. She will be joined by Shahyan Jahani, Emily Grefer, and Jack Freeman at this show at Main at South Side, hosted by Brian Breckenridge.